I Have A Dream: Inspiring Dreams, Enabling Futures

The I Have A Dream Charitable Trust aims to inspire Kiwi kids growing up in material hardship to navigate their own path to academic and life success, and creating positive role models who add value to their communities.

The Trust partners with low decile schools in low income communities and works alongside students, between the ages of 8 and 20, across all areas of life: including leadership, community participation, sports, and quality of life – to give them the life skills and academic support they need to succeed and guide them on a journey to success. Bridging the gap between the world of family and school to help students succeed, the program provides intensive tutoring and mentorship, working alongside students from the first day of school through to two years into tertiary education or employment. The mentors have a formal relationship with the participating schools, engage with the children’s parents, families and communities, and provide services for kids that give them the life skills and academic support they need to succeed.

“Every child needs a significant adult that believes in them and holds high hopes for them, Our goal is to provide that positive influence, not just for a moment, but throughout their entire educational journey.” Ant Backhouse, I Have a Dream CEO

I Have a Dream, New Zealand was launched by Scott Gilmour in 2002 with a class from Wesley Primary School, a Decile 1 school in Mt Roskill, Auckland. Eighty per cent of the students from this pilot program went on to university, compared with 30 per cent of those from similar backgrounds who were not in the program. The program has most recently expanded to Northland through The Ngātahi Education Initiative with primary and intermediate aged children across 4 low-decile schools in the suburbs of Tikipunga and Otangarei in Whangarei – helping to inspire the dreams and enable the futures of 1,500 local children.

“At least 80% of these children will enter tertiary education, training or employment when they leave school – achieving their education goals, progressing to better jobs, better incomes and contributing positively to our community ” says Chairman, Mr Gilmour. “Education is a proven social investment able to break inter-generational cycles of poverty. By offering the services we help to ensure that each child graduates with the academic and social skills to successfully transition to career or further study – becoming positive role-models who add value to their communities, increasing economic and social outcomes for our country.”

Ray White Whangarei’s Rural Team been proud partners of I Have a Dream since 2017 – which comes off the back of Ray White Rural Salesperson Peter Ogle’s own support of the initiative. The Ray White Rural and Commercial team are now proud to make a donation from every property sale to the Trust.

“At the end of the day, we are passionate about providing better pathways to achieve higher outcomes for all young people – it’s about education equality.” Peter Ogle, Ray White Whangarei Rural.

Find out more about I Have a Dream on their website.
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